Building Permitting

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Inspections may be scheduled by email or calling the inspector  to schedule an inspection. A 24-hour notice is required for all inspection requests.  

Please Note:
Plumbing inspection requests are to be made by calling 409-797-3644 

The Building Inspection Division processes building, electrical, air conditioning, and miscellaneous permits. Division staff monitors activities to insure compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines and ordinances.

When a Permit is Required
You need a permit for the following:
  • Adding rooms, decks, porches, or accessory buildings
  • Block the sidewalk, parking lane, etc. temporarily with a construction dumpster, temporary fence, machinery, debris, etc.
  • Building or modifying a deck
  • Building or modifying a sign
  • Building or replacing a fence
  • Building retaining walls over 4 feet in height measured from bottom of the footing to top of the wall
  • Constructing new driveway (requires right-of-way permit from public works, and subject to applicable beach / dune regulations from Division of Planning)
  • Food establishments (new or altered) require additional permit for grease traps
  • Installing new siding
  • Place any fill on a property (requires drainage plan)
  • Replacing a roof, or portions of a roof
  • Replacing an electric stove with a gas model
When in doubt, check with the Permitting Division at 409-797-3660. Construction without a permit will result in double or triple permit fees, and may result in corrective action throughMunicipal Court

We are here to help you with any questions, so please contact staff in advance of your project to avoid any delays in obtaining your permit(s). 

Pre-development Meetings

If your project involves an existing structure or building, you may be required to elevate your building to the current required flood elevation, this requirement could add significant costs to your project.  Please discuss with the City of Galveston Flood Plain Administrator, FEMA or a registered professional engineer to find out what may be required for your project to meet current flood insurance program requirements.  Historic Structures are exempt from this requirement. 

Pre-Development meetings can be scheduled through our office. They are held every other Friday of each month at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. 

The Planning and Community Development Department will coordinate with other city departments that are applicable to the project / development. Please contact the office by calling 409-797-3660 or emailing to schedule a meeting.

Wanting to plan ahead for your project? The Building Division has published the following averages for permit plan reviews from October 1, 2010 - July 1, 2011.